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As head of a monastery during the Middle Ages, you compete against the other monasteries to become the one with the most wonderful library. In order to assemble your collection, you need to acquire the necessary pigments for decorative lettering, hire the best copyists and reproduce the most precious works. You have a limited amount of gold at your disposal to this end. The trick is to part with the items of your collection at just the right time and to pay the lowest price for those which others will envy you. Finally, to fulfill your purpose, you have to take the fancies of the bishops into account.
|A fantastic blend of set collection, push your luck, and auction mechanics. This little game has shot up to the top of my filler games, it is so good! The premise of the game is to win majorities in 5 sets of cards (represented by different types of religious books/tomes) in order to win the points displayed on the dice that is specific to that set. All dice start on 3, but cards can be gained that modify these values up or down. How this is done is as follows: Players take it in turn to draw cards one at a time and allocate the cards, they must keep one for themselves, one for an auction pile, and some for a public tableau which other players will then take turns to take one of these public cards. This process means that some information will be known by each player, but there will be some unknowns as well. The second half of the game involves players going through the auction pile and bidding gold or cards for the remaining cards. This game plays quickly once you get into it, the cards can be speedily allocated, but there are plenty of hard decisions as you grapple with which cards might be valuable and what you think the other players are collecting! Production values are very high, it's a quality game from Iello and I strongly recommend it. If you have 2-4 players and want an awesome 30 minute filler, look no further!|
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